22 Oct

Amid Green Waste Scandal, Who is Running the City of Tulsa?

October 22, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: 405.427.3366


Amid Green Waste Scandal, Who is Running the City of Tulsa?

TULSA– One of the largest cities in the state of Oklahoma is facing an $11 million budget shortfall due to poor management and reckless spending. It appears the buck does not stop with Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s office. Numerous problems have been discovered, after several investigative reports, including the budget shortfall and the misleading of Tulsans of the non-existent green waste program.

Mayor Bartlett argued he did not know about the green waste program’s failures because his city manager did not inform him; it then became apparent that Bartlett was no longer in charge. Now, it has been revealed that Bartlett requested a report on the program over a year ago.

“Either Dewey Bartlett is lying to Tulsa or he is not in charge–it has to be one or the other. Either way, Bartlett should be a leader and refund the money that paid for this non-existent program,” said ODP Chair Wallace Collins. “Morally, it’s the right thing to do.”

Unfortunately, taxpayers are on the hook as the city faces a $11 million budget shortfall and the money from the green waste project has been–wasted.

21 Oct

Dr. Freda Deskin Announces for Superintendent of Public Instruction


Phone: (405) 537-4302




Former First Lady Kim Henry to Chair Campaign

Dr. Freda Deskin (D), life-long educator and Oklahoma’s Teacher in Space announced her candidacy for State Superintendent earlier today at both the Oklahoma Science Museum in Oklahoma City and the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa. Deskin was joined by her Campaign Chair Kim Henry, Former First Lady of Oklahoma, and other esteemed education supporters.

With more than 40 years in Oklahoma’s public rural and city schools, Deskin has first-hand experience with the despairing issues our students, educators, and communities are facing daily – including excessive testing, inadequate funding, over-crowded classrooms, teacher shortage and reform efforts that infringe upon local control. From working the broomcorn fields of Garvin Co. at age 13, to later honored as a NASA Teacher in Space by President Ronald Reagan – Freda is no stranger to perseverance with an outcome of excellence.

“I am proud to support Freda Deskin for State Superintendent of Schools. As a mother and an educator, my top priority is to ensure the best education possible for all of our children in Oklahoma. I am convinced that Freda Deskin has the intellect, the  integrity, and the right combination of experience, skills and passion to lead our public schools to greatness and make a true difference for our children for generations to come,” Kim Henry, Campaign Chair.

Freda Deskin has a proven track-record in education experience and leadership and is unmatched by other candidates seeking the office of State Superintendent. Deskin is a certified school teacher and administrator who has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent; and at the collegiate level as a university dean. She has been an educator in Oklahoma City, Lexington, and Pauls Valley Public Schools; Whitebead Dependent Schools; and trained teachers at the University of Oklahoma. Deskin worked for the State Department of Education under the direction of the well respected John Folks, and is also a member of the Oklahoma Educator Hall of Fame.

“I believe my experience, knowledge, and courage to make tough decisions, places me at the front in the race for Oklahoma’s next State Superintendent. I am a public school advocate and recognize there is room for improvement in schools across our state, as I also recognize the number of schools and classrooms of exemplary quality. I believe in teamwork, and together, we can create a better tomorrow for the children of Oklahoma,” Freda Deskin said.

Deskin has support by Oklahoma education leaders and advocates, as well as, community leaders who encourage voters to choose the most qualified candidate for the children and schools of our Great State. Supporters request voters to ask themselves: why not the best candidate for our children, our schools? Experienced leadership for a change.


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16 Oct

Jack Herron Announces for Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction

For Immediate Release

October 16th, 2013

Joe Hartman
(405) 641-7428


Former Administrator and Assistant State Superintendent Kicks-Off Campaign for

State Superintendent of Public Instruction


Oklahoma City – A life-long Oklahoman who has spent a life time working in education kicked off his campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction today.

“I’ve spent the past couple of months talking to my family, friends and supporters and am ready to get this campaign started,” said Jack Herron. “It is time we had a leader at the State Department of Education who can roll up their sleeves and do what is right for Oklahoma’s students. We need someone who can get education back on track.”

Jack is a past Assistant State Superintendent for Financial Services and currently works as Government Relations Director for Professional Oklahoma Educators. He has been a college administrator, high school principal, a coach, a teacher, and served as school superintendent for 18 years in Macomb, Mangum, Guthrie, and Duncan. He is the only candidate in the race who has been a teacher, a principal, a coach, an administrator and managed a whole division at the State Department of Education.

Outside of education, Jack is past Chair of the Oklahoma Community Service Commission, has been active in Kiwanis and Rotary, and was an American Legion Post Commander and a Chamber of Commerce President. He is a Leadership Oklahoma Class Two graduate and serves on the Board for the Jim Thorpe Association. He is an Eagle Scout, a 32nddegree Mason, and a veteran of the United States Air Force.

“I believe we can do three simple things to start to move education forward in Oklahoma,” said Herron. “We have to pay our teachers more, we need to give control of school districts back to their local communities and we need to focus on science and math. I have the broad and unique experience to do that.”

The current Superintendent of Public Instruction, Janet Barresi, is up for reelection in 2014

Learn more about Jack and his campaign at



27 Sep

Gov. Fallin, Okies Need Obamacare, too.

I have been working for the Oklahoma Democratic Party since October of 2012. I am lucky to have a job that offers me amazing health, dental, and vision insurance.

However, more than 700,000 Oklahomans live a life of chance with no insurance.

While volunteering for the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, I get to witness first-hand the impact we can have on people’s lives who have no insurance. Dentists, hygienists, surgical assistants, and people like my mom assist over 2,000 patients with millions of dollars of care in one short weekend. Most have no insurance and have not seen a dental care provider in over a decade. The pain of living without insurance is real.

On October 1st, every Oklahoman has the chance to change that. Thanks to Obamacare, the Health Insurance Exchange will be open and those 700,000 Oklahomans will have a chance to insure themselves and their families, many for the first time.

Governor Mary Fallin and Insurance Commissioner John Doak continue to try and deny access to care for these Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Democratic Party is leading the charge to make sure they don’t get away with it.

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A generous donor has offered to match dollar-for-dollar every donation we raise before Oct 1st. Make your contribution a matched gift right now.

Oklahoma does its best when its people are at their best. This is why the Affordable Care Act matters and why your gift means so much.

If you can give $25 today, it will be doubled to $50.

There has never been a better time to give to the Oklahoma Democratic Party since I started working here. Your dollars have a chance to go farther than ever. Give before October 1st and the Oklahoma Democratic Party can continue the work to change these 700,000 lives.

I hope you will give.

Thank you,

Aaron Wilder
Development Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party

P.S. You can also start a monthly contribution of $25 by clicking here.

17 Sep


September 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: 405.427.3366





Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston took the non-partisan issue of saving children’s lives and turned it into an irresponsible partisan attack on two Democratic Representatives who promoted a petition aimed at saving the lives of Oklahoma children saying, “…initiative petitions should be funded by those who believe in them, not the taxpayers.”

“The first question is obvious. Does Mr. Weston not believe that an elected official’s responsibility is to protect our citizens? Second, where was Chairman Weston’s moral outrage when Representative Bobby Cleveland broke the law to promote his failing business not once, but twice?” asked Oklahoma Democratic Party Executive Director Trav Robertson.


Robertson continued, “It is hard to believe that Chairman Weston would rather viciously attack Representatives trying to build storm shelters for Oklahoma’s school children.”


Chairman Wallace Collins stated, “This is another example of the Oklahoma GOP turning their heads when members of their elite break the rules. In February 2013, Governor Mary Fallin used the resources of her office, taxpayer dollars, to lead the fight against secondhand smoke. I want to know if he is against Governor Mary Fallin– he has no moral opposition to that? How is this any different?”


“The Republican Party brand of hypocrisy is getting old,” continued Chairman Collins, “Why doesn’t Chairman Weston just come out and admit that he is only trying to cover for the 57 Republicans who voted against building storm shelters to protect our children in the $30,000 a day special session?”

Exhibit A: Governor Mary Fallin’s Petition Email

From: Governor Fallin Press []
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:05 PM
To: Governor Fallin Press
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: (Photos Attached) Gov. Mary Fallin To Lead Initiative Petition Drive On Second Hand Smoke Reduction Measures[cid:image003.jpg@01CE0E95.28165030]OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MARY FALLINMEDIA CONTACTS:

Alex Weintz, Communications Director<>

(405) 522-8819

Aaron Cooper, Press Secretary<>

(405) 522-8878


February 19, 2013

Photo caption:  Governor Mary Fallin today announced plans to put tobacco regulations aimed at reducing second hand smoke to a vote of the people.  Fallin, who was joined by community leaders and health care professionals at an event hosted by the American Cancer Society, said she would lead an initiative petition drive on the issue.

Governor Mary Fallin To Lead Initiative Petition Drive On Second Hand Smoke Reduction Measures OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced plans to put tobacco regulations aimed at reducing second hand smoke to a vote of the people.

Fallin, who was joined by community leaders and health care professionals at an event hosted by the American Cancer Society, said she would lead an initiative petition drive on the issue. While details of the petition have not yet been finalized, Fallin announced the creation of a new website,<>, where Oklahomans can sign up to receive more information.

Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and approximately 70 that can cause cancer. It causes an estimated 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 lung cancer deaths annually among adult nonsmokers in the United States.

“Improving health and wellness in Oklahoma is a priority for me,” said Fallin. “Any plan that seeks to improve health outcomes will have to address tobacco.  Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in Oklahoma, killing 6,000 men and women each year. Hundreds of these people aren’t even smokers, and have instead fallen ill as a result of second hand smoke.”

“It’s time to let voters decide whether or not they want clean air in public places like bars and restaurants. I believe the answer will be ‘yes.'”


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